By on April 8, 2010

Eleven Nanos were puttering down India’s National Highway 8 on their way to the dealer (don’t they have car haulers there?) when one of them burst into flames, reports India’s Deccan Chronicle. These cases of spontaneous Nano combustion seem to pile up.

Burning Nanos are a tradition in India.  Just a few weeks ago, a Nano turned into a conflagration on its way from the showroom. Again, the fire developed in the rear, where the Nano’s engine sits, and again, the driver escaped the inferno unharmed.

Last year several Nanos caught fire. Tata said faulty ignition switches were the culprit, and the supplier had been changed.  A Tata Motors spokesman said to Reuters that this time, they “are sure that it is not a design flaw. We are looking into it.”

Be it as it may, the Nano lives up to its image as a red-hot seller.

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16 Comments on “Nano Develops Burning Desire...”


  • avatar
    b1msus93

    must be an operator error

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Wouldn’t want to be in one of these wind up toys when that happens.

  • avatar
    educatordan

    Only time I ever saw something like this in real life it involved an early 80s Escort that was already 20 years old at the time and had been very poorly maintained. The only entertainment value was in it happening when no one was in the car and right in front of the admin building at college. The poor girl had just gone inside to start her student job as an admissions secretary.

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    As a poster on a previous TTAC thread about this delightfully put it: “Unintended incineration?”

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    India’s Cow Rickshaw And Pedestrian Accident Avoidance Agency (CRAPAAA)has investigated this matter, and has determined that the under hood Nag Champa incense burner made of recycled cardboard was not adequately coated with recycled asbestos.

    Until further notice, CRAPAAA recommends discontinuation of the device. Regardless of how you smell when you arrive at the ashram, you will smell better than you would if you became a crispy critter.

    Although the Hindu tradition does have an appreciation of the funeral pyre, you are supposed to be dead before the fire.

    All joking aside, this appears to be a bit of a problem.

  • avatar

    Kali was not happy

  • avatar
    snabster

    You do see car haulers but they are extremely oversized for the Indian roads. I suspect they only come out at 3 AM. The only ones I saw were Hyundai. Given Tata’s reputation for cheapness and poor qulaity, driving the nano to the dealer does not seem like a bad option.

  • avatar
    Caffiend

    I came upon a fully engulfed car once. The flames rose about 30 feet higher than the car, which made it really hard to identify. It was very late at night, and on a stretch of freeway that had nothing for miles. The doors were closed, and I didn’t see anyone near the car. It was eerie.

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    One piece of information we’re missing is how often Maruti goes up in flames. 10 burnt Nanos a year means nothing by itself.

  • avatar
    Uncle Mellow

    In England a “hot car” means something entirely different.

  • avatar
    Russycle

    My mom’s Ford Tempo spontaneously combusted, a year or two after she sold it to my brother’s in-laws. No casualties besides the car, and it was no great loss. The best part was my bro’s business partner is a volunteer fireman, and he has a scanner going most of the time. Report came in about a car burning up in someone’s driveway, then his partner said “Hey, isn’t that your father-in-law’s address?”

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    And I saw an engulfed Thunderbird once…had to laugh at the irony…
    From Wikip:
    Across many North America indigenous cultures, the Thunderbird carries many of the same characteristics. It is described as a large bird, capable of creating storms and thundering while it flies. Clouds are pulled together by its wingbeats, the sound of thunder made by its wings clapping, sheet lightning the light flashing from its eyes when it blinks, and individual lightning bolts made by the glowing snakes that it carries around with it. In masks, it is depicted as many-colored, with two curling horns, and, often, teeth within its beak. The Native Americans believed that the giant Thunderbird could shoot lightning from its eyes.

  • avatar
    Avinash Machado

    Some cars set your heart on fire. This one just sets itself on fire.


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